Planning reform


September 27, 2021

Planning Judicial Review: appeal to be held 5 October

>> URGENT: can you help support our legal costs? Last year we took the government to court over its hasty changes to the planning system in England. We lost our claim for Judicial Review, but were given leave to appeal. We now have a court date of 5 October 2021. At the hearing, the Court … Continued

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March 11, 2021

Every decision matters: have your say

The climate crisis is already with us. More people than ever in the UK are worried about what is happening now and in the future because of climate change. We know that every decision matters now as action on climate change becomes more urgent. Roads and houses are being built now that will be affecting … Continued

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December 9, 2020

Planning: we have a voice, but soon we won’t

The next phase of the Government’s war on the planning process is here. We have a voice in development decisions right now in England. Soon we won’t have one that makes any difference. As you’ll know if you’ve followed our work over the summer, the Government has recently massively increased “permitted development” – that is … Continued

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November 17, 2020

Judicial Review lost – but we intend to appeal

We’ve just received news from the High Court that our claim for Judicial Review of the Government’s changes to permitted development rights was not successful. We respect the decision, but we believe it is on the wrong side of the public interest. We intend to appeal. Using the pandemic crisis to push through a giveaway … Continued

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September 30, 2020

Winning the space?

In the end how a society chooses to house those in greatest need is a test of basic care and morality.  That is a test the Government has failed. In 2015, the Government changed the rules so that developers could convert offices to homes without planning permission, as part of ‘permitted development’. What did this … Continued

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September 2, 2020

Planning reform: Judicial Review to be heard in October

Rights : Community : Action (RCA) has today taken some big steps forward in its claim for Judicial Review of the government’s radical reforms to the planning system. Justice Holgate has directed that RCA’s claim for Judicial Review will be heard on 14-15 October 2020 over the course of one day as a “rolled up” … Continued

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August 27, 2020

Our legal challenge to planning reforms

What’s going on  These are new permitted development rights (PDRs) for developers. I wrote about them here. PDRs mean you don’t have to get planning permissions for named types of developments. They were originally used for small changes with little or no impact on your neighbours – like a new porch or putting solar panels … Continued

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August 12, 2020

Planning: So the ugly truth is here…

Last week the UK Government published its Planning White Paper. Boris Johnson wants to “tear down the planning system and start again”.  He (or rather Jack Airey and Dominic Cummings, let’s be honest) is giving huge power to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to decide what happens in your local area.  And … Continued

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